ADVICE FOR NEW CYCLISTS

We can all rejoice in the fact that no cycling skill is impossible to master. Here you have bike-riding tips and advice to help you achieve better results.

Stay Fresh

Ride new roads once in a while and explore. The variety will help you stay engaged and may lead to exciting new discoveries.

Conquer a Steep Climb

It’s all about pacing and unless it’s an important climb in a race, don’t charge into it with everything you have. Start at a steady pace and shift through your gears until you reach a balance between maintaining a decent cadence, and a sustainable intensity.

Stop Stressing Over Flats

Don’t wait until you’re on the road to hone your flat-changing skills. Practice changing a tire in the comfort of your garage using the same pump and tools you carry on your ride, and you’ll be less worried about getting a flat far from home.

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Find the Right Saddle Height

Lean against a wall, sit on the saddle, then hang both feet straight down, If your saddle height is correct, your heel should just graze the pedal at the bottom of the pedal stroke. If you have pain in the front of your knees after the first few rides, your saddle is probably too low. If you feel pain in the back of the knee, drop the saddle a little.

Descend with Confidence

Stay loose when plunging down a hill. If you’re stiff, you’ll be rigid and skittish. Get your hands into the drops to lower your center of gravity and put weight on the front wheel. On downhill turns, focus your weight on your outside foot and inside hand. This will help you maintain an inside line.

Eat Predictably

Don’t try new foods on race day. If you eat a bowl of cereal every morning, stick with it. Experiment on training days.

Your Checklist

Check your wheels, chain and cockpit. Your wheels should spin straight and not rub the brakes. Make sure your tires have plenty of tread and no cuts or large nicks, and that they are properly inflated. Your chain should not shave too much lube because it will attract dirt and grime, which wears out your drivetrain. A good test is to wipe your finger on your chain. It should come away with just a small amount of oil.

 

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